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Peter Hollins at https://PeteHollins.com has studied psychology and peak human performance for over a dozen years and is a bestselling author.
Courage versus fear.
Comfort versus worry.
Faith versus doubt.
Confidence versus uncertainty.
These are battles fought every day—battles of
And the arena in which they fight is contained within
Whichever set of thoughts you allow to win will rule the
day and your actions,
and that is not a positive experience when
disempowering thoughts win.
for a few of us,
the battles are one-sided.
People who experience nearly constant success (or
think they do) may be more able to disregard the
negative or naysaying sides in the clash.
Others who face mounting,
daily struggles through an extended amount of time
don’t trust the positive voices.
We may perceive our mindsets as things we can’t
change or affect.
We envision them as products of an external
or history that are far bigger factors than we can
The truth is that you have great capacity to modify
Goals and accomplishments that might seem impossible
in an “entrenched” mindset can be attained much more
practically than you may realize,
just by reorganizing your way of thinking.
Is it easy to change your mindset?
Of course it is!
Except when it isn’t.
Changing one’s mindset is “easy” because there’s no
heavy lifting or manual effort.
It’s not a physical procedure that requires too much
You could be doing it while sitting on a couch without
anyone knowing—all you have to do is think something
into existence and it becomes true.
If you were to ask someone if they’d rather think
different thoughts or work in a coal mine for 10 hours,
it’s not going to be a close decision.
But the ability to think a certain way on a consistent
basis involves self-discipline and focus to the highest
degree; changing a mindset is hard and can be
frustrating because your effort won’t directly
translate into a different type of thought.
You can always hit the gym harder,
but thinking harder doesn’t necessarily do anything.
There is really no correlation between an input and an
Changing your mindset is especially tough if it involves
countering what you’ve been taught all your life.
A complete rewiring of your thoughts and mindsets is
daunting at best but imperative to creating a life you
feel happy to wake up to every day.
Like it or not,
our mindset is our internal lens to the world around us.
and hopes get projected onto everything we see.
We use those inner convictions to interpret everything
that happens in the world and to us.
People who have attained the success you desire have
all manipulated their mindsets in specific ways.
You could argue that other factors—education,
timing—produced their great achievements.
It’s easy to use those as an excuse for your lack of
but the real-life evidence doesn’t tend to support that.
Is everyone rich simply lucky and rich to begin with and
everyone poor simply lazy and apathetic?
Two children from the same middle-class family,
who grew up in the same circumstances,
can wind up in wildly different situations.
One child with a positive mindset might turn out to be
hardworking and wealthy.
The other one could be consumed by a jealous mindset
and a predisposition to failure and might wind up in a
thankless job with low prospects.
The only difference between you and greatly
successful people is in the mindset.
It’s your view of the world,
its challenges and rewards,
and how you navigate through all of them.
The Inner Voice
Mindsets can be as varied as any given segment of the
Here are just a few different mindsets you might
possess to varying degrees:
Someone who is task-oriented and driven to complete
what they’re working on—and then move on to the next
They’re a hammer,
and everything looks like a nail.
They are always in motion.
A person with unique abilities and inventive approaches
who can solve problems in ways very few others can.
They always seek unconventional methods to accomplish
the same goal.
Someone who’s happy with themselves and projects
They naturally end up in charge and taking action first.
They feel that anything is possible.
An individual who can see the big picture and is able to
inspire others to take a broad and beneficial approach
toward the future.
They think big picture in lieu of details and procedures.
These mindsets affect and change someone’s
perception of the world.
A productive mindset might see what needs to be done
in their immediate environment,
whereas the dreamer mindset might see its potential in
an emotional or altruistic sense.
These are just some of the good mindsets.
There are also mindsets for jealousy,
and the opposite of all of the mindsets above.
and judgment we tell ourselves about ourselves—is one
“channel” that your mindset tunes into,
whether it’s out loud or to yourself.
Just think of it as your internal dialogue that never
for better or worse.
It narrates your life,
but the perspective it narrates from is completely up
You can be your own biggest cheerleader or critic.
Each statement you think or say constructs your inner
monument of self-belief,
brick by brick.
And we probably give a little more credence to negating
self-talk since it’s easier to believe we can’t do
something if we haven’t yet tried.
“I’m not smart enough to learn complicated math
concepts,” “I’m not physically gifted enough to run a
10-kilometer marathon,” “I’m not attractive enough to
have someone interested in me.”
Another aspect of your inner voice is the narrative:
the never-ending story that you tell over your entire
life about who you are and what you’re capable of.
It explains what happens in your life and why you do
certain things that you do.
It often addresses “themes” or recurring events that
occur in a lifespan.
It usually isn’t very accurate,
especially if you tend to feel bad about yourself.
Self-talk and the narrative have a chicken-and-egg
those with a victimized mindset claim that they were
the patsies of people despite their best intentions.
You claim you were fired from your job because your
supervisor didn’t care for your personality,
but it might have been simply that their budget got a
whopping cut and you had to be let go.
This isn’t to say that your self-talk and narrative don’t
contain elements of truth or are completely unfounded.
But it’s important to check them with reality as much
The more you can control your thoughts and inner
the more enabled you’ll feel to make positive changes.